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Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research & Development Student Competition
October 4, 2023

The Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) announced a new Request for Applications (RFA) for the Innovations in Nuclear Energy Research and Development Student Competition, seeking to recognize and award published graduate and undergraduate students for innovative nuclear energy research.

Students may submit one or more publications and will be considered for any of the five categories in which they are eligible. Applicants may only win one competition per year.

  1. Open Competition Award of Excellence (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
  2. Competition for Graduate Students Attending Minority Serving Institutions or Belonging to a Disadvantaged Community
  3. Open Competition Special Recognition (Undergraduate and Graduate Students)
  4. Competition for Undergraduate Students Attending Minority Serving Institutions or Belonging to a Disadvantaged Community
  5. Undergraduate Competition

In addition to cash prizes, travel and conference opportunities may accompany awards. First place award recipients in the Open Competition Award of Excellence will have an opportunity to present their publication at the annual American Nuclear Society (ANS) Winter Meeting as well as other national meetings. 

This program was formerly known as the Innovations in Nuclear Technology R&D.

Applications are due by November 29, 2023, at 5:00 pm ET. Students must apply electronically here. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

FY 2024 Innovations in Nuclear Energy Student Competition RFA.

Click here for more information and learn how to apply

NE is fully committed to broadening the inclusion and contribution of communities that have been historically underserved within its programs. Students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), or institutions located in a disadvantaged community, are highly encouraged to apply to this RFA. Information on MSIs can be found here.

All information and instructions required to respond to this RFA are accessible at

​​The Office of Nuclear Energy Issues Requests for Scholarship and Fellowship Applications

The Department of Energy's Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) today announced two new Requests for Applications (RFAs) for the University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) seeking applicants for the following opportunities:

  • Trade School and Community College Scholarship Program – provides students receiving training as nuclear energy-related technicians $5,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Four-year College/University Undergraduate Scholarship Program – provides students pursuing a nuclear energy-related degree $10,000 toward the cost of tuition and additional expenses for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Graduate Fellowship Program – provides $169,000 over three years to support graduate research relevant to nuclear energy and includes a summer internship at a DOE national laboratory or approved facility.

    Student applications are due on January 16, 2024 and must be submitted using the online system at NE intends to notify award recipients in spring 2024.

FY 2023 Scholarship RFA

FY 2023 Fellowship RFA

Submit an Application

Students can apply without their institutions being UNLP-approved. However, institutions with students receiving awards will need to be UNLP-approved by NE prior to the transfer of award funds for students. This is done by the university/college through a separate Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002265) found at For more information on how to become a UNLP-approved institution, please visit the Scholarship and Fellowship Resources page at​​

Office​ of Nuclear Energy Releases the University Nuclear Leadership Program (UNLP) Scholarship and Fellowship Support Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA): DE-FOA-0002265

October 15, 2020

This FOA is to award multiple cooperative agreements to accredited United States (U.S.) two- and four-year colleges and universities to receive and administer scholarship and fellowship funding—provided through the UNLP and as administered by the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)—on behalf of selected students attending those institutions.

​The application process will be open continuously for the 10-year cycle of this FOA.

UNLP University FOA DE-FOA-0002265 Amendment 003​

Submit an Application

Funding Opportunities